Faculty Department

Shikha Saxena

Assistant Professor (Selection grade)

  • PhD (Public Health Nutrition) from Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi (2019)
    Thesis: A study on the determinants of Household Food Security and their impact on the Nutritional status of women in slums of Ghaziabad City.
  • Master’s in Dietetics and Food Service Management from Institute of Hotel Management & Catering Nutrition, New Delhi (2009)
  • Bachelor's degree in Food & Nutrition (Hons.) from Lady Irwin College, Delhi University New Delhi. (2007)

Honours and Achievements:

  • Conferred University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test for Lectureship (2009) and Junior Research Fellowship (2011)
  • Certified Diabetes Educator by International Diabetes Federation
  • Conferred DAAD fellowship, University of Bielefeld, Germany (2016)
    • Field visits to assess the Food Security conditions among the refugee migrants at Bielefeld & Detmold, Germany
    • Gained Information on quantitative tools and techniques used for measuring Household food Security & Nutritional status of women

Area of Research:

Public Health, Community research, Systematic reviews, Therapeutic nutrition, Gender studies, Women's Nutrition, Food and Nutrition Security and the Education sector

Recent Publications:

  • A systematic review on Smokeless Tobacco and Public Health Nutrition: A global Systematic review in peer-reviewed journal Public Health Nutrition Journal, Cambridge University Press. Impact factor: 4.02 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S1368980022001331
  • A Research paper on ‘Smokeless tobacco quitting during COVID-19: A mixed-methods pilot study among participants screened for a cessation trial in India’, Clin Epidemiol Glob Health Oct-Dec 2021;12:100902. doi: 10.1016/j.cegh.2021.100902. Epub 2021 Nov 11.
  • A Research article on “Determinants of Household Food Security and their Impact on the Nutritional Status of Women in Slums of Ghaziabad City, India”, International Journal of Food and Nutritional Sciences, e-ISSN:2320-7876, Vol 7, Issue 3, July 2018
  • A Review article on “The distribution and Global burden of Insulin Dependent Diabetes mellitus” Journal of Pharmacy and Biological Sciences, e-ISSN: 2278-3008, p-ISSN: 2319-7676. Vol 12, Issue 4 Ver. IV, Jul – Aug 2017, PP 40-48 
  • A Review article on “Trends in Proteins Energy Malnutrition Since the 1990s and the Epidemiological Approaches to tackle them in India, International Journal of Nutrition and Agriculture Research. ISSN 2393-9540, Vol 4, Issue 1, Jan- June 2017, P 66 – 73
  • A Review article on “Food Security: Historical Perspectives and contemporary concerns” Food Science Research Journal, Vol 6, April 2015 P 158-166 100, ISSN: 22309403 by NAAS:2.86, International Scientific Indexing. Impact Factor:1.236
  • A case study on “Associations between food intake and perceived stress or depressive symptoms among youth” Food Science Research Journal, ISSN: 2230-9403, Vol 4, Issue 1, April 2013 P 100
  • A Research Article on “Effect of Breastfeeding and Bottle feeding on the growth of infants”. Food Science Research Journal, ISSN:0976-1276, Vol 1, October 2010 P 170

Other publications:

Academic Expert (Public Health) at Victoria University Online, Australia thru Linc education (Oct 2021-April 2022)

  • Incorporated and used a range of eLearning pedagogies for engaging and supporting online learners
  • Provided learning support to VU students
  • Provided personalised assessment feedback to VU students

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research, ICMR (Aug 2020-March 2022)

  • Worked on a project ASTRA (Addressing Smokeless tobacco and building Research Capacities in South Asia)
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Outreach programs
  • Counselling on Tobacco cessation
  • Coordinating project-related activities and Supervising the work of other team members including Research Associates

Academic Counsellor at Institute of Public Health and Hygiene (May 2019- July 2019)

  • Conducted theory and practical classes for Masters in dietetics
  • Evaluation of the assignments of the course

Consultant at Public Health Foundation of India (Oct 2018 – Jan 2019)

  • Worked on Project on Indigenous Food Systems of the Tribal Communities in Jharkhand
  • Compilation of data involving nutrient adequacy among the tribal population by using "Dietcal' software
  • Thematic analysis of the facilitators and barriers affecting Indigenous food availability and access
  • Fieldwork involving the focus group discussions with the tribal communities in Jharkhand
  • Free listing of indigenous varieties of food and ranking them with the usage of a pairwise ranking method to seek variation in consumption pattern
  • Reviewing work of the entire team to improve quality

Short term projects

  • Jhpiego (April 2017)- Served as a consultant at Development Solutions: Thematic Analysis of the study on ‘Quality in Family Planning’ for Jhpiego (an International non-profit health organisation affiliated with Johns Hopkins University)
  • WHO-Served as a consultant at Centre for Policy Research (Oct 2015-Jan2016): Conducted exploratory analysis of National/International Urban Health funding stakeholders Formulated report for WHO on the role of State in Urban Health Program
  • Visiting Faculty at Amity University, Noida (Sept-Dec 2014)Handled post-graduate courses at Amity Institute of Food Technology Key subjects: Therapeutic Nutrition, Food Science, Advanced Nutrition

Lecturer at Amity University, Gurgaon (Oct 2011 – Aug 2013)

  • Handled courses at Undergraduate & Postgraduate levels in Nutrition, Hospital Admin & Nursing
  • Organised various departmental events i.e., workshops, Seminars & Recipe Competitions
  • Contributed to the designing of curriculum for B.Sc. Dietetics & Applied Nutrition course

Lecturer at GDM Girls PG Govt. College, Ghaziabad (Sep 2010 – Oct 2011)

  • Delivered lectures for UGC NET Coaching and guided various dissertations at the postgraduate level
  • Counsellor at IGNOU (Diploma classes for Nutrition & Health Education)
  • Worked as a Research Assistant in the National co-ordinate project on Indian ethnic cuisine, Spices Board, Government of India

Dietician at Yashoda Super Specialty Hospital, Ghaziabad (Aug 2009 – Oct 2010)

  • Managing the diet & nutritional requirements of patients as per their diagnosis
  • Supervision of kitchen activities and documentation as per NABH policies
  • Diet counselling to the Patients and encouraging them to lead a healthier lifestyle
  • Providing nutrition education or training to the dietetics interns

Projects or PhD’s guided: Guided projects/dissertations at PG level (10)

Professional Memberships:

  • Life member of Nutrition Society of India (Regd. No.125/1996) since Sep ‘11
  • Life member of Indian Dietetic Association (LM-718) since Aug ‘10
  • Canadian Obesity Network (ID- 20245)
  • Member of the Nutrition Society, London, UK. (ID-74582)